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Building on the Past to Meet the Needs of the Future

In January the Employee Trust Funds Board appointed John Voelker Secretary of the Department of Employee Trust Funds, effective April 5. This is Voelker’s first column as head of the agency.

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Edwin Denson Appointed Executive Director/Chief Investment Officer

The Board of Trustees of the State of Wisconsin Investment Board is pleased to announce the appointment of Edwin Denson as the next executive director/chief investment officer of SWIB.

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Well Wisconsin Radio: Racism and Public Health

Join us for the next Well Wisconsin Radio segment, "Racism and Public Health," set for Tuesday, April 27, with guest Lisa Peyton-Caire, chief executive officer and president of the Foundation for Black Women's Wellness. Register now or view the recorded program.

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New WDC Service: WRS Pension Estimate Included on Account Homepage

If you are actively employed, vested and participate in the Wisconsin Deferred Compensation Program you’ll notice an important new feature upon logging into your WDC account after May 1: Your projected WRS pension estimate!

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Fink Named to Global Top 50 Women in Investment Management List

Anne-Marie Fink, SWIB private markets and funds alpha managing director, has been named one of Institutional Investor’s Allocator Intel’s First Annual Global Top 50 Women in Investment Management.

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SWIB Celebrates 70th Anniversary

This year, SWIB marks its 70th anniversary of service to public employees, local and state government, and Wisconsin. Over the past seven decades, strong leadership, dedicated staff, and an innovative, forward-thinking

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COVID-19 and Your WRS Health Benefits

As per federal law no one should be charged for the vaccine; however, vaccinators can charge an administration fee for giving the shot. If you are covered under the State of Wisconsin Group Health Insurance Program, administrative fees for vaccines administered by your medical provider are 100% covered.

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Health Benefits Update

If you find yourself in need of immediate medical attention while traveling away from home, remember that urgent and emergency care is always covered. Have you checked out the impressive new Well Wisconsin Program resources? This year the deadline to complete your health assessment, health check and well-being activity for the $150 payment is October 8.

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Villa Remembered as Visionary Leader

In February SWIB, the WRS, and Wisconsin lost a true pioneer in the public pension fund industry when SWIB Executive Director and Chief Investment Officer David Villa passed away. Villa, 66, had been with SWIB since 2006 when he joined as chief investment officer.

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Update: ETF’s Response to COVID-19

ETF continues to take measures to protect the well-being of WRS members and ETF staff. We have been closed to the public since mid-March 2020 and anticipate staying closed through July 1. What lies ahead in terms of our response to COVID-19, ETF as an agency and your WRS benefits?

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The SWIB Podcast: Running the Long Race with Derek Drummond

As SWIB’s funds alpha manager, Derek Drummond is constantly pushing himself and his team to find investments across traditional and alternative strategies. In the newest episode of “The SWIB Podcast: Wisconsin Retirement System Insights,” Drummond talks about just what alpha generation is, why it’s important to SWIB’s sophisticated investment strategy, and much more.

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Board Election Update: Pratt and Heller Appointed

Teachers Retirement Board members Allison Pratt and Chris Heller will both serve new five-year terms on the Teachers Retirement Board, beginning in May.

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WRS Information, At Your Fingertips

ETF strives to ensure that you have access to the information you need to make informed decisions about your WRS benefits. Our website is always a great place to start, but here are some tips in case you need to call and speak with a benefits specialist during peak business hours.

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Webinar: Preparing for Your Retirement

If retirement is beginning to appear on your horizon, then put this webinar on your list! It’s one of our most popular webinars and we offer it twice a month at convenient day and evening hours.

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​​​​​​​Need an Appointment? Schedule it Online

If you need to schedule a benefits counseling appointment with one of our benefits specialists, skip the phone call and use our secure online appointment scheduling system. You can view available appointments -- including group sessions -- and book in just a few clicks.

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Upcoming Governing Board Meetings

Find out when the governing boards of the Wisconsin Retirement System are scheduled to meet, and what's on the agenda.

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